In preparation for their centennial celebration, Inland Empire Paper Company wanted to expand their 1930s headquarters and create a modern entry that would blend with the historic structure.
The unique arch of the entry was constructed using two Tilt-Up panels and a vaulted roof; detail strips on the panel edges, cast-in thin brick and a carefully matched terra cotta stain help the concrete mimic the appearance of the existing building. The team also replicated the arched windows of the existing structure on the new entry.
The fact that the original building was significantly out of vertical plane (varying by as much as two and a half inches on each side of the opening) presented a major challenge, but Tilt-Up afforded the ability to correct the planarity of the existing structure. The team marked a vertical line and measured back to the wall at three-foot intervals to create a tracing of the existing conditions. This information was used to vary the thickness of a short return leg of the panel, which resulted in a uniform joint width throughout the height of the panel.
The resulting entry provides the owner with a modern corporate image while keeping the historic nature of the structure intact.
Millwood, WA 99212
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